So, Ray's leaving Achievement Hunter, I'd read his journal & I felt a little sad, but nothing intense really... I mean, I barely watch AH anymore anyways so it didn't really effect me... Well, I thought that until I watched the most recent Minecraft Let's Play .-.
Now, I'm not stupid, I'm well aware that I'm still going to see Ray on Twitter daily & he'll pop up in AH occasionally. I know all that & it's silly to get emotional of just a guy leaving his job... But at the same time, I can't help but remember that Ray had just been hired when I started watching Achievement Hunter... Part of me has grown up with him, he was there all throughout high school... Freshmen year when I had no friends & got picked on loads right up to now when I'm about to graduate. This is the end of something that I hadn't even realized was so close to my heart...
I'll never forget when I turned 16, I had asked Caleb to play Minecraft with some friends because I had a 12 day XboxLIVE Gold membership & was SO EXCITED to play Xbox with friends for the first time. We all gathered in a party & made a world. It was fun, exploring the world & talking & generally just having a laugh. I was hiding in a hole overnight when Caleb had said something like "I got you a present for your birthday by the way, but it'll be a few minutes" & I was really confused... Just sat there in my hole waiting for daylight. Some time later, finally free of my hole, I was walking around looking at what everyone was up to & suddenly a figure popped up in front of me wearing a tuxedo... I muted my mic as I let out a fangirl squeak. "BrownMan has join the game" was just casually sitting on the screen & I realized what Caleb had meant.
Looking back at this, it was really rather simple & I should not have gotten so excited... But you know, I was completely obsessed with AH(Ray especially) & it felt surreal. I mean, this personality lived on YouTuber as far as I was concerned so to have him there & actually talking to me? It was incredible.-. now, Ray undoubtedly doesn't remember any of this, but after he'd left the party to get back to work, he sent me an xbox message with just a simple "Happy birthday Tessa!" but it was... I don't know, I just admired him so much & it was such a cool experience. I'll never forget how much that entire ordeal meant to me.
You probably don't care about any of this, but I wanted to share a bit of what Ray's part in AH has done for me... The most memorable of which was helping a lonely 16 year old girl feel just a bit less lonely.
So Ray, you'll probably never read this & even if you somehow do, you probably won't remember any of it... But thank you for the part you played in AH these last few years. I know I'm not the only fan with a story like this, you've help make a different in a lot of kids lives & I wish you all the luck in your future pursuits.
Stay beautiful everyone<3
(Also I'm sorry if my spelling/grammar/punctuation is shit here, I'm on pain meds for reasons & I'm too damn emotional/tired to really try & care .-.)